California has been an epicentre for the craft beer movement, so we were excited to hear that Craft Beer Residency is celebrating Californian brews from Sierra Nevada, Anchor and Stone in pubs across the UK now until 21st July 2018!
Over 100 pubs up and down the country are taking part with a wide range of Californian brews from the three pioneering breweries. UK breweries involved in this year’s Craft Beer Residency will be paying homage to the California theme with beer such as Thornbridge‘s California Sun, available in cask.
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Sierra Nevada’s West Coast Hazy IPA is a world exclusive and was created by the Brew Crew – a select group of craft beer experts from some of the best performing pubs from last year’s Craft Beer Residency. The Brew Crew flew to Asheville in North Carolina to create this sessionable IPA, made with five different hops, brewed with a hint of blueberry juice. There’s also a number of other Sierra Nevada beers available for the first time in the UK including Hazy Little Thing, California IPA and Hoptimum – an all new triple IPA.
Anchor Brewing founded in 1896, arguably kicked off the craft beer movement in the United States. Anchor Steam Beer is largely considered America’s first craft beer; its name dates back to the 19th century, when ‘steam’ was a nickname for beer brewed on the West Coast of America under primitive conditions without ice. Instead of chilling in tank, beer would ferment on the rooftops in San Francisco’s cool climate, and the foggy night air cooled the fermenting beer, creating steam off warm pans.
Another little bit of US beer history from Anchor comes in the form of their Liberty Ale – the first modern American IPA brewed after prohibition in 1975.
A selection of Anchor’s contemporary range are available throughout the residency, on draught in the UK for the first time, including Blackberry Daze IPA, Blood Orange Blonde, Mango Wheat and their Liberty IPA.
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The Craft Beer Residency is hitting pubs across London, Liverpool, Manchester, Reading and Oxford to name a few. Each of the pubs involved will showcase a special selection of 24 different beers and there will also be a series of nationwide Meet the Brewer events with legendary Sierra Nevada Founder, Steve Grossman and Anchor’s Brewmaster, Scott Ungermann!
To find out more about Craft Beer Residency, check out their Twitter, Instagram and website where you’ll find up to date event listings and details about all of the beers they’re bringing! Californi-yay!